I've spent a good part of today thinking about how I should honor my mom for Mother's Day. I mean, I already mailed her a card (which will, of course, arrive late) and wished her a HMD over the phone. But that doesn't seem like enough.
She's not a mom that flowery superlatives fit. What she is, really, is a mom who shows up.
Birthday parties. First Communions. Of course she shows up at the big things. But she also shows up to help hang wallpaper, to watch ordinary soccer games, to keep an eye on grandkids when their parents need a break.
She shows up by texting pictures of the Coke Rewards codes from her afternoon Diet Coke. And by firing up the sewing machine to hem a pair of too-long pants that traveled from Indiana.
She shows up when she answers the phone at 10:30pm and I'm on the other end asking "Do you think I could give Charlie more ibuprofen?"
She shows up when she remembers you asked for prayer for a friend, prays, and then calls back to see how the friend is doing.
She shows up even though her 5 kids tease her about bladder control, laughing to the point of passing out, and her Christmas shopping trip fanny pack.
She shows up when she sits up late at night leafing through the newspaper, eating cereal, and just visiting with an adult child in town for a short while.
Showing up is not just punching the motherhood clock. It's delivering a message to her children and grandchildren that says "you're important and you're loved."
Thanks, Mom, for showing up. I hope you know that when you need me, I'll show up, too.